Shopping Rant

Hobie Dog

Member
Feb 24, 2008
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San Marcos, Texas
First, let me clarify. I am going to vent on a topic that we all deal with. There is absolutely no intention of offending anyone. It's kind of a question I guess.

When I go shopping there are a number of stores that ask at the register: "Are you law enforcement, EMT, firefighter, military or school teacher?" If so, you get a discount. (varies depending on store).

My normal reply is: "No, I'm the tax payer that pays their salaries."

To which they turn red and say, "Sorry, that doesn't count."

It's not that I don't appreciate the services rendered by these people. BUT, enough already. The exception is the military. They don't make squat. But I have never had the salaries of EMT or police, especially in Austin area. They get paid really well, with benefits that I could only dream of.

Over all, government employees now get 1/3 to 1/2 higher incomes than the private sector for the same job. The government's reply is, "The private sector better step up." The challenge is, we have to pay taxes.

I'm self employed. My policy is to give NON-government employees and business owners the best price I can afford. Military people get a little better. Government employees pay full price. Politicians pay cash in advance.

Am I just twisted?
 

kingofwylietx

Well-Known
Feb 29, 2008
1,424
36
DFW area.....Wylie.
I see nothing wrong with giving someone a discount based on their occupation, it's up to the owner of the business. I've seen this too, no issue. I have not noticed my price being any higher, they just let them have it for less. That is money out of the business owners pocket, not mine. If their price was higher, I would buy my product somewhere else.

It seems to me that they are offering a little respect to occupations that don't always get it. You don't even know why they offer the discount....maybe the owner used to be a fireman, policeman, or teacher. Who knows.

I delivered phone books when I was younger. When the guys come around delivering phone books now, I offer them a Coke or water. Why? Because I have been there. It might not be the best example, but I think it will suffice to illustrate what I am trying to say.
 

Longtooths

Member
Mar 12, 2008
108
16
Irving, Texas
You seem to assume that the discount is based on the fact that these people are paid less than the private sector. I tend to think it is for other reasons like respect and a thank you for services they provide.

Anyone in the business of saving lives, EMT, Police, Firefighter or Military, I respect first and I appreciate them stepping up and doing the dirty jobs that I am not able to do. I would offer these people a better deal on a service for that reason.

Teachers I would offer a helping hand to because of the deplorable conditions and idiot kids they have to put up with day in and day out. Not to mention on your scale they are paid less than they should be. Imagine if you had to spend a month of Sundays dealing with teen age hellions…I think the logic behind giving these people a break would become abundantly clear.

Just my 2 cents
 

hoytinak

Active Member
Mar 5, 2008
660
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Texas of course
I agree with Longtooths, it's not about what they get paid, it's more of a respect thing.

BTW, I'm one of the military guys, and I pay my taxes just like you, so I pay a bunch of my salary to myself. ;)
 

Austin Cowart

Member
Mar 5, 2008
95
16
Lumberton Texas
But

Then why not Garbage Men? I mean dang I am very happy that I have 2 guys come by my house and take away my stinking crap. I respect them. I don’t agree that it should be based on what you get paid but come on if a doctor or surgeon drove up in their jag and then asked for a discount you would say hell no but they save lives too. All of our service men and women deserve our respect but dang I can’t see why they deserve special treatment. Tell them that you appreciate and respect what they do for us every day but always remember that they weren’t forced to do what they do they chose it.
 

Longtooths

Member
Mar 12, 2008
108
16
Irving, Texas
Then why not Garbage Men? I mean dang I am very happy that I have 2 guys come by my house and take away my stinking crap. I respect them. I don’t agree that it should be based on what you get paid but come on if a doctor or surgeon drove up in their jag and then asked for a discount you would say hell no but they save lives too. All of our service men and women deserve our respect but dang I can’t see why they deserve special treatment. Tell them that you appreciate and respect what they do for us every day but always remember that they weren’t forced to do what they do they chose it.

The awesome thing about this country is you can dislike it all you like and I can continue to show my appreciation to whomever I wish. Btw I tip my garbage men every Christmas!
 

Texas1911

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May 29, 2017
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Austin, TX
I could understand the police and fire fighters, but not the EMT. It's not like the EMT have to tackle crackheads, or run into a 10 story flaming building to save people. I understand they provide a valuable service, but they are justly compensated for that.

The military goes without saying. The enlisted soldiers don't make squat, and they risk their lives every day.
 

DrBart2

Active Member
Mar 10, 2008
469
16
Burleson
I don't have any problem with anyone getting a discount. But, I found something interesting when I was in the military. My best friend, who is an airline pilot, thought the people in the military did not have to pay income tax! I wonder how many people in the U.S. have this misconception?
 

Longtooths

Member
Mar 12, 2008
108
16
Irving, Texas
I could understand the police and fire fighters, but not the EMT. It's not like the EMT have to tackle crackheads, or run into a 10 story flaming building to save people. I understand they provide a valuable service, but they are justly compensated for that.

The military goes without saying. The enlisted soldiers don't make squat, and they risk their lives every day.

Correction, EMTS make far less than you think. Buddy of mine could not find anything better than 12/hr upon graduation for an EMT. He took it and work for perhaps 6 months before he quit. He ran into all types of drugged out crazies, dead babies, drunk and disorderly, prostitues with nasty nasty nasty stuffs etc etc.
 

Austin Cowart

Member
Mar 5, 2008
95
16
Lumberton Texas
The awesome thing about this country is you can dislike it all you like and I can continue to show my appreciation to whomever I wish. Btw I tip my garbage men every Christmas!
And it wonderful that we can all expess our opinions in this nation as well and I never said I disliked our service men and women getting discounts and I do believe that any man or woman has the right to show their respect and admaration in any way they choose I just dont see why certian people should get certian treatment based on the line of work that they choose to persue.
 
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